Check out Mini-Techmeme for simple mobiles or Techmeme Mobile for modern smartphones.
12:05 AM ET, October 16, 2008

Techmeme

 Top Items: 
Matt Mullenweg:
PollDaddy Goes Automattic  —  It's another exciting day here at Automattic.  Today we finally get to announce that we've acquired the market-leading poll and survey service PollDaddy.  —  For a year or two now, I've been minorly obsessed with polls and surveys as a method of lightweight interaction …
RELATED:
Lenny / PollDaddy Blog:
Automattic Acquires PollDaddy!
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
WordPress Acquires Irish Startup Polldaddy
Discussion: VentureBeat
Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2008 Results  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY - News) today reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2008.  The ecommerce company posted third quarter revenue of $2.12 billion, up $228 million from the same period last year.
RELATED:
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
As eBay's Core Business Hits Hard Times, Skype Begins To Shine  —  Although eBay beat its downwardly-revised earnings numbers today, its earnings call was filled with glum news for investors.  (Full earnings slides embedded below).  After three flat quarters, revenues declined 3.6 percent from the second quarter to $2.2 billion.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
ebay beats Q3, adjusts guidance for Q4, FY08
Discussion: Techland, IP Democracy and The Register
Casey / FriendFeed Blog:
View your FriendFeed in real-time  —  Recently we asked some users what they liked about FriendFeed, and one said because “procrastination is only a refresh away.”  It sounded nice, but then we started wondering why anyone should have to refresh at all.  Well now you don't:
RELATED:
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Work be damned. FriendFeed now has an area that updates in real-time
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
YouTube rejects McCain request for DMCA takedown fix  —  YouTube has rejected a request from John McCain's presidential campaign for a legal review of political videos that are the subject of deletion requests.  —  The Google-owned company said Tuesday evening in a response to McCain's organization …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Windows Mobile Is In Trouble  —  Recently it was revealed that the newest version of Microsoft's mobile operating system, Windows Mobile 7.0, would be delayed until as late as 2010.  The updated version, which the company's partners had reportedly been hoping to have by early 2009 …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Finally, a VC Firm With The Balls To Tell It Like It Is  —  We apologize to the poor pr person who just pitched us yet another memo from either an investor or an entrepreneur about how to survive the meltdown.  We told them we were burnt out on this stuff, but here we are publishing another one.
Discussion: broadstuff
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Another Google content play  —  Internet titan hopes to make a splash with ‘Poptub’  —  Google is mounting another experiment in content distribution that might be even more ambitious than its recent launch of original animation from “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and paidContent.org
RELATED:
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   Google dips second toe into content
Peter Glaskowsky / Speeds and feeds:
The new MacBooks: Beauty more than skin deep  —  I couldn't be at the Tuesday morning Apple launch event for the new MacBook and MacBook Pro systems, but I've had a chance to review the announcements.  —  Normally I focus on the technology in new products, but this time …
Discussion: Electronista
RELATED:
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Vint Cerf, internet's “father”, says Obama best for net  —  “My Name is Vint Cerf, I'm a Scientist and I am Voting for Barack Obama”.  Why?  Principally because of net neutrality.  —  Vint Cerf, who can fairly be described as one of the godfathers (but not in a Tony Soprano way) …
John Olin / xboxevolved.e-mpire.com:
RUMOR: Next Xbox to be “Forward-Compatible”  —  Xbox Evolved has uncovered some interesting information that could change the way videogames are made on the Xbox 360 as early as next year.  —  Xbox Evolved has been known for posting some outlandish rumors in the past.
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
FCC Chair Wants to Go Forward With Use of White Spaces  —  Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin said he wants to allow portable devices to use the airwaves between TV channels for wireless broadband service.  —  After months of testing and over a year of lobbying by tech firms Google …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft survey hints at Instant On OS concept  —  Hmm, what have we here?  A recent Microsoft survey sent out to select users has us wondering what on Earth the mega-corp is planning to do next, and judging by the looks of things, it has everything to do with Instant On.
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
MSN Groups to Close: Windows Live Groups to begin Nov. 17  —  We've been hearing rumors of the closure of MSN Groups and its replacement by Windows Live Groups for years now, last having written about it almost exactly a year ago.  Now, however, in an email from Technical Support posted …
Adam Lovallo / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Announces 25 New fbFund Recipients  —  Today, Facebook named the 25 new recipients of the latest fbFund funding cycle.  From a pool of over 600 applicants, fbFund awarded 25 $25,000 no-strings attached grants.  Each first round submission was reviewed by an investment commitment comprised …
Elon Musk / All Tesla Motors Blogs:
Extraordinary times require focus  —  Chairman of the Board, Product Architect and CEO  —  These are extraordinary times.  The global financial system has gone through the worst crisis since the Great Depression, and the effects are only beginning to wind their way through every facet of the economy.
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Help Twitter Find a Revenue Model  —  Twitter is the poster child for the 'scale first, don't even think about revenue at launch, monetize much, much later' model of startup.  In the current climate, ventures like that probably won't get funded.  Which is a shame.  Twitter is addictive and fun and even occasionally useful.
Discussion: broadstuff
Music Ally:
Exclusive: Warner Chappell reveals Radiohead's ‘In Rainbows’ pot of gold  —  Warner Chappell will today reveal details of their view of the Radiohead licensing experiment at the “You Are in Control” conference in Iceland, including total sales figures of more than three million for ‘In Rainbows’.
Popular Mechanics:
Top 10 Most Brilliant Gadgets of the Year (With Videos!)  —  2008 Breakthrough Awards /// The Innovators  —  The early 20th century produced a breathtaking succession of innovations—the Wright Flyer, the Model T, the Panama Canal.  It was a golden age of engineering.
Washington Post:
Exclusive: Verizon and AT&T Provided Cell Towers for McCain Ranch  —  Cindy McCain introduces her husband during a rally in Blue Bell, Pa., yesterday.  (Matt Rourke/AP)  —  BY JAMES V. GRIMALDI  —  Washington Post Staff Writer  —  Early in 2007, just as her husband launched his presidential bid …
Discussion: DSLreports and WebProNews
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
HTC G1 already shipping, many to be delivered by Friday  —  T-Mobile customers, we hope you're ready for some solid Android love.  Word on the street is that Santa will be showing up a bit early for many people who pre-ordered the HTC G1.  In fact, several people have reported their handsets …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Three Years Later, Buying MySpace Looks Like One Of Murdoch's Smartest Bets  —  Three years ago today, Rupert Murdoch bought MySpace and its parent company Intermix for $580 million.  That turned out to be money well spent.  The last time we ran the numbers, we figured that MySpace alone …
Robert Lemos / Technology Review:
Probe Sees Unused Internet  —  A survey shows that addresses are not running out as quickly as we'd thought.  —  In a little more than two years, the last Internet addresses will be assigned by the international group tasked with managing the 4.3 billion numbers.
Discussion: CircleID and Slashdot
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Blip.fm, The “Twitter for Music”, Gets Its Own API  —  When Fuzz launched a microblogging service for music aficionados called Blip.fm last May, no one in the company expected it to rise above the status of an experiment.  But before long, Blip.fm's traffic began to eclipse that of Fuzz's main site …
Discussion: SearchViews
BBC:
Giant database plan ‘Orwellian’  —  Proposals for a central database of all mobile phone and internet traffic have been condemned as “Orwellian”.  —  Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said the police and security services needed new powers to keep up with technology.
Discussion: open
 
 Archived Page Info: 
This is a snapshot of Techmeme at 12:05 AM ET, October 16, 2008.

View the current page or another snapshot:


 
 Techmeme Sponsor Posts: 
Microsoft:
Microsoft to modernize Special Olympics, raise system to the cloud  —  “We're so excited.  This is going to change our world.” says Special Olympics Chief Executive Officer Janet Froetscher.
Zoho:
Tricks & Treats: 5 ways to sweeten your email marketing  —  While Halloween is by tradition the scariest day on the calendar, it's also the official transition into the holiday season.
SAY Media / SAY Daily:
Don't Look Now: Here Come the Disappearing Message Apps  —  Get ready for a world of expiring photos and vanishing status updates.
AdExchanger:
AOL's Cross-Device Solution Aims To Cure The Advertiser's Attribution Headache  —  If an advertiser runs a mobile campaign, but the targeted consumer doesn't convert on her device, that doesn't mean the campaign failed.
Sponsor Techmeme
 
 Site News: 

Nothing recent. See Techmeme News for earlier news.

 
 See Also: 
Techmeme: site main
Techmeme River: reverse chronological Techmeme
Mini-Techmeme: Techmeme for mobiles
Techmeme Leaderboard: Techmeme's top sources
 
 Subscribe: 
Techmeme RSS feed
Techmeme on Twitter
 
 
 More Items: 
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Cracks $12, Valuation Now Officially Ridiculous
Music Ally:
First impressions of Nokia Comes With Music service
Discussion: Digital Noise, PC World and Coolfer
Austin Modine / The Register:
iPhone beer maker sues Carling over virtual suds
Discussion: RCR Wireless News and Valleywag
GamePolitics News:
Former Exec Sues Take-Two for $50 Million
Discussion: videogaming247 and Edge Online
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Google Earnings Preview: Still A Long Term Play?
Discussion: Portfolio and TechCrunch
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Searching For Small Businesses, Coming Up Frustrated
Discussion: Kelsey Group Blogs and Valleywag
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Atom chip demand redefining Intel
Discussion: Liliputing
 Earlier Items: 
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Hands on: Mint.com vs. Quicken Online
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
NBC Local's new portals a good start, but...
 

 
From Mediagazer:

Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
New York Times-Texas Tribune content partnership to end Dec. 31, after four years

Tom McCarthy / Guardian:
Matt Taibbi returning to Rolling Stone after split from First Look Media

Dylan Byers / Politico:
Sharyl Attkisson releases video of apparent computer hack

 
Sister Sites:

Mediagazer
 Must-read media news
memeorandum
 Politics, opinion, and current events
WeSmirch
 Celebrity news and gossip